Issue Updates
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:53

Issue Update 1/11/19

The partial government shutdown has officially reached the three week mark, tying the record for the longest federal government funding lapse in history.
Friday, 04 January 2019 12:17

Issue Update 12/21/18

While it appeared as late as yesterday that Congress and the President were in alignment on passing a short-term government funding measure—known as a Continuing Resolution or CR—and leaving town for the year, that scenario is now questionable.
Friday, 04 January 2019 09:29

Issue Update 1/4/19

Overwhelming demand for H-2B seasonal guest workers resulted in a system crash of the iCERT system which is currently inoperable. The Department of Labor has stated:
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:08

Issue Update 12/19/18

As we close out 2018 and reflect on the year, there is much for which to be thankful. On the public policy front this month alone, the wood products value chain gained some key wins with the passage of the Farm Bill.
Monday, 17 December 2018 09:15

Issue Update 12/14/18

This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the first half allotment of H-2B visas for FY 2019 have already been used up in the first quarter, a development which underscores the urgent need to fix the guestworker visa program.
Friday, 07 December 2018 12:03

Issue Update 12/7/2018

FRA signed onto a letter that was delivered to House and Senate Leadership requesting support for H-2B reforms (seasonal guestworker program).
Monday, 03 December 2018 11:08

Issue Update 11/30/18

Senate and House leaders negotiating final terms on a new Farm Bill announced this week that a tentative deal has been reached. Negotiations have been tied up on disagreements over work requirements for food stamp recipients and, more recently, over federal forest management provisions in the House-passed bill.
Friday, 23 November 2018 09:30

Issue Update 11/23/2018

Last week the House passed the Manage our Wolves Act (H.R. 6784), a bill that would remove federal protections for gray wolves in most states.
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 16:06

Issue Update

While vote counting continues in many states and jurisdictions around the country, the early take away for both Republicans and Democrats following yesterday’s election is that results are both positive and negative.
Friday, 02 November 2018 16:01

Issue Update

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the guestworker application process for the H-2B program.
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